- [S78] Atchley Funeral Home Records, Volume I, 1930-1954, Larry D. Fox, (Smoky Mountain Historical Society), 20 Nov 1953.
Elbert H. Carr obituary
- [S106] The Mountain Press, 10 Sep 2005.
Seymour woman 'canning' wealth of Sevier fair wins
By: CANDICE GRIMM, Staff Writer September 10, 2005
She's only 90, but Ethel Mize of Seymour has been entering her canned foods, baked goods, cut flowers and potted plants in the Sevier County Fair for 18 years.
Mize said she had never thought of entering anything in the fair, but began doing so after her sister, who wanted to enter some paintings, asked her to go along with her.
"She wanted me to go with her, so I brought stuff too," said Mize, reminiscing that she won nine ribbons that first year.
"I didn't know what I was doing, I was just testing the water to see what was going on," said Mize.
Eighteen years later, Mize is still at it, and said, "I look forward to the fair each year - it's a good hobby."
While all the canning and baking is now a hobby for Mize, she said she has "always canned and gardened. I'm a farmer's wife, and I've always lived on the farm."
Though she loves to can, Mize said, "I can to give it away - I can't eat all that stuff."
In order to enter the fair, Mize's daughter Janelle Cross of Bristol, Tn., helps her mother get all her entries to the fair and spends the entire week of the fair with her mother. But, that is the extent of their collaboration.
"We enter the same things and try to outdo each other. ... Usually we run neck and neck on things," said Mize. "Last year I beat her, this year, I think she has more ribbons."
In all the years that Mize has been entering items in the fair, she said her goal was to win more than 100 ribbons in a single year, and she met that goal in 2004.
According to Cross, during just the past 10 years her mother has had over 1,000 entries in the fair and won over 700 ribbons. Mize, however, said she is pleased whether her items win first, second, or third place.
This year, Mize entered a total of 122 items, including 60 jars of canned foods, 15 potted plants, six pies, and candy and cookies.
"Last week I told the canned goods, 'Do you know how sick I am of you?' They didn't answer but I felt better," said Mize, adding that another daughter, who lives in the area, doesn't can, but, "she helps carry it in (from the garden)."
In this year's competition, Mize entered: 22 cut flowers and won 17 ribbons; 15 potted plants and won 13 ribbons; six fruit pies and won six ribbons; 20 baked goods and won 12 ribbons; and was having a difficult time counting all of the ribbons she had won with her 60 jars of canned foods.
Mize also won two Ball Awards from the Ball Canning Company, which gives a blue ribbon to the first and second place canning award winners to promote the art of home canning and honor adults who can. The Ball Awards when to her entries for canned pickles and fruit.
- [S106] The Mountain Press, 19 Apr 2015.
Ethel Mize, a lifelong Sevier County native and current resident of Dominion Senior Living in Sevierville, celebrated her 100th birthday Wednesday, surrounded by friends, family and fellow members of Knob Creek Baptist Church. Mize, who was born near Gatlinburg but lived most of her life in the Seymour community, was presented a certificate of congratulations from Sen. Doug Overbey, and received a visit from Rep. Dale Carr. Four of Mize's five children — Glenn Mize, Norman Mize, Lela Wilson and Janelle Cross — were present for the gathering. Another daughter, Marilyn Tolbert of S.C., could not attend. "I appreciate it," Mize said of the celebration. "In a way, I don't appreciate all this attention — but with all the trouble they've gone through, you've got to go along and appreciate it ... they treated me like a queen."
- [S144] Phone Record.
Name Ethel R Mize
Also Known As Name Ethel C Mize
Residence Date 01 Sep 1998-25 Mar 2008
Residence Place Seymour, Tennessee, United States
Phone Number (423) 573-6019
Phone Number Recorded Date 25 Mar 2008
Address 623 Tittsworth Springs Rd # R
Address Continued Seymour, Tennessee 37865
Possible Relatives Asa Robert Mize, Glen R Mize, Peggy C Mize
Record Number 571877886
- [S112] Census, 1930.
Name: Ethel Carr
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: Uceba, Blount, Tennessee
Marital Status: Single
Estimated Birth Year: 1916
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Enumeration District Number: 0021
Family Number: 80
Sheet Number and Letter: 7A
Line Number: 31
NARA Publication: T626, roll 2234
Film Number: 2341968
Digital Folder Number: 4548148
Image Number: 00697
Household Gender Age
Parent Elbert H Carr M 48
Parent Mattie Carr F 44
Edna Carr F 20
Ethel Carr F 14
Hayle Carr F 12
Pauline Carr F 9
Florence Carr F 3
- [S23] Atchley Funeral Home, (http://www.atchleyfuneralhome.com/), 26 Feb 2018.
August 19, 1915 - February 26, 2018
Ethel Carr Mize, 102 years old, of Seymour, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018. She was born August 19, 1915 in the Smoky Mountains to the late Elbert Carr and Mattie Lawson Carr.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Asa Mize in 1984; and all her siblings, West Carr, Ola Newman, Flora Gibson, Edna Webb, Pauline Riggs, Hazel Davis, and Florence Huskey Trentham; and her grandchild, Tracy Crowder.
Mrs. Mize was a member of the 1933 graduating class of Smoky Mountain Academy and was presently the oldest member of Knob Creek Baptist Church. Her interests included reading, gardening, baking, and growing flowers. For 20 years she entered flowers and food items in the Sevier County Fair and carried home hundreds of ribbons.
Ethel is survived by:
Two sons and daughters-in-law, Glen (Peggy) Mize of Lenoir City, Norman (Barbara) Mize of Seymour; Three daughters and sons-in-law, Janelle (Tyler) Cross of Bristol, TN, Lela (Delmar) Wilson of Seymour, and Marilyn (Gene) Tolbert of Greenwood, SC; Grandchildren, Trent Cross, Melanie Farmer, Cheryl Long, Emily Harris, Angie Parker, Lisa Stewart, Kevin Mize, Tonia Littleton, and Brian Tolbert; and 16 Great-Grandchildren.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Dominion Senior Living of Sevierville for their personal attention and loving care during her 2 ½ year residence there.
The family will receive friends from 12pm-2pm Saturday, March 3rd with the funeral service to follow at 2 pm in Atchley’s Seymour Chapel, 122 Peacock Court, Seymour, TN 37865. Rev. Floyd Powell and Rev. Terry Parton will be officiating. The graveside service will follow at Highland South Memorial Park, Knoxville. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour, 865-577-2807. Online condolences may be made at www.atchleyfuneralhome.com